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Roma’s sporting director Monchi has left Roma by mutual consent ahead of his anticipated move to Arsenal.
‘I want to put on record our thanks to Monchi for his dedication during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football,’ said AS Roma CEO Guido Fienga.
The Spaniard, who spent 17 years as a sporting director at Sevilla, a club he also represented as a player, joined the Giallorossi in 2017.
‘I would like to thank President Pallotta, the club’s management, staff, players and fans for their support during my time at the club,’ said Monchi.
‘I wish Roma a lot of success in the future.’
After helping turn Sevilla into serial Europa League winners, Monchi was expected to help build a similarly successful side in the Italian capital.
Although Roma reached the semi finals of last season’s Champions League, despite the cut-price sale of Mohamed Salah, they have failed to kick-on and lie a staggering 28 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.
A poor run of form culminated in Champions League defeat at Porto, which proved to be the final straw for head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, who was sacked yesterday.
As they arrived at the airport on the way back from the match in Portugal, a group of Roma fans abused several members of the team, including defender Alessandro Florenzi, who was sarcastically clapped for his role in conceding a needless and decisive 117th minute penalty.
Reports claimed Monchi confronted the group of disgruntled supporters, offered to fight them and threatened ‘in six months, I’ll take on each of you one on one.’
The 50-year-old subsequently issued an apology on Twitter, which read:
‘It’s true that there was a moment when emotions ran high because of the huge disappointment that we all experienced.
‘I apologise to all the fans and, in particular, those present at the airport. Forza Roma!!’
Claudio Ranieri, sacked by Fulham, and was expected to replace Di Francesco and the lack of input Monchi had over that decision is said to have led to the total breakdown in his relationship with the club’s hierarchy.
Monchi worked with Unai Emery during their successful period together at the Sanchez Pijuan and is expected to take up the vacant role at the Emriates left as a result of former Borussia Dortmund talent spotter Sven Mislinatat’s departure last month.